Cruise ship operator Cunard’s MS Queen Elizabeth was warmly welcomed back to the Port of Cape Town as she sailed majestically in at 06h00 on Tuesday, 19th November with Captain Inger Klein Thorhague at the helm.

Her current voyage started in Copenhagen, Denmark on 1 October. She will also sail to Port Elizabeth on Friday, 22 November.

The V&A Waterfront holds a port concession awarded by Transnet National Ports Authority in 2015 to operate the Cape Town passenger terminal. All three of Cunard’s Queens have been visiting South Africa in recent years – MS Queen Elizabeth, MS Queen Mary 2 and MS Queen Victoria.

Captain Inger Klein Thorhague
Captain Inger Klein Thorhague

Inger Klein Thorhauge was born in the Faroe Islands, her father worked on fishing vessels and as with so many Faroese the sea was in her blood. She was the first female Captain with Cunard when she took over the helm of MS Queen Victoria in 2010 only to be appointed as Captain of MS Queen Elizabeth in 2011.

MS Queen Elizabeth was completed in October 2010 having been built by Fincantieri Monfalcone Shipyard at a cost of GBP350 million. She has a GRT of 90,901, length of 294 metres, beam of 32.3 metres and a capacity for 2092 guests.

MS Queen Elizabeth in the Port of Cape Town
MS Queen Elizabeth in the Port of Cape Town

MS Queen Mary 2 is expected to call in Cape Town, Port Elizabeth and Durban in late March to early April 2020.